"Plural marriage is not essential to salvation or exaltation." Elder
Bruce R. McConkie
History of Plural
"Plural marriage was the nineteenth-century LDS practice of a man
marrying more than one wife. Popularly known as polygamy, it was actually polygyny.
Although polygamy had been practiced for much of history in many parts of the world, to do
so in "enlightened" America in the nineteenth century was viewed by most as
incomprehensible and unacceptable, making it the Church's most controversial and least
understood practice." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
The Manifesto of
"The Manifesto of 1890 was a proclamation by President Wilford
Woodruff that the Church had discontinued plural marriage." Encyclopedia
Official Declaration 1
The actual text of the Manifesto, including some contextual comments from
"In 1890 after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the seizure of Church
property under the Edmunds-Tucker Act in The Late Corporation of the Mormon Church v.
United States and the Idaho test oath in Davis v. Beason, it became clear that plural
marriage was leading toward the economic and political destruction of the Church." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
is the Purpose of Plural Marriage?
"Plural marriage remedies
these penalties by enabling every woman the opportunity to have a righteous husband, enjoy
the blessings of motherhood, and fulfill the measure of her creation." W.
Is Plural Marriage
Necessary for Exaltation?
"A person must embrace plural marriage as a divine and holy principle
in order to receive eternal life."
W. John Walsh
Why did the mormon church get
rid of polygamy?
A discussion of the reasons the Church abandoned plural marriage.
Did Joseph Smith Preach Against Plural Marriage?
An accusatory question answered using scripture and the writings of Joseph